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How important is it to meet a cat before adopting him? — 9 Comments

  1. Super article. Covered all the points which should be done before adopting . Although adopting over the internet does save lives , as you stated , I do believe part of the reason some fail is they are not a good fit . Research is always needed before adopting . If you work long shifts and need to get a good nights sleep at night , then adopting a ; let’s say ; a pair of young kittens(because we wouldn’t want the other one to be lonely) would certainly NOT be a good plan! Kittens are clowns , adorable , lots of fun and playful . They also love to play AT NIGHT! So lots of rough and tumble will be going on when you are trying to sleep. Or let’s say , you adopt an older cat , you’re wanting a cuddle bug who will snuggle with you and be very loving , yet this older cat has no intentions of being such! Cats , like any other living creature have their own personalities, and sorry to say , cats can often be more stand-offish then some people I know. A meet and greet is always a better idea so you can see a lot of cats interacting together and get a feel for which one best suits you and your life style. I for one love the cat for it’s independent attitude and it’s “I rule this spot” approach! But however you decide to bring a cat into your life it’s a life time commitment and you should always consider that also.And get two,their small!

    • You make some good points Jan. Helmi Flick the famous cat photographer said you have to visit the cat before adopting. I agree that. However, life is changing. Internet social media is so big now and so much a part of people’s lives it cannot be ignored as a way of rehoming cats.

  2. As a rescuer of hard-to-home older or temperamental cats I often take on cats sight unseen. Colour and missing bits – no problem. Diabetes, hyperthyroid, bad teeth etc – no problem. As long as they can rub along with the other incumbents, it’s fine with me.

      • It was joked that when I had vacancies, the local shelter added a few years to the age of hard-to-home cats they wanted me to take. These days, local strays (not young ones either) seem to arrive as soon as they detect a vacancy. After checking for microchips and making sure they are on the “found” registers locally, they generally move in permanently. Younger strays get put on the rehoming list unless they have iffy temperaments.

        As we used to say here – “cats just happen”.

  3. If i had to go to a shelter to find a cat, I’d be in big trouble. I would bring them all home! The good, the bad and the ugly. It is nice to have a beautiful cat. I would say two of mine are beautiful in the eyes of most, the other two are beautiful to me. I am sure there are genuine cat loving people who might be looking for a particular look in a cat. But seriously, if having a cat is the objective there are few reasons to get a cat from far distances. There are so many in every community looking for a loving home. I agree if the looks is the only criteria, the match probably won’t work! I am convinced that I can make a good relationship with any cat. Can anyone? I don’t think so. The idea of shipping cats is wonky to me, but I’m sure in the Cat Fancy world it is necessary for pedigree purposes.

    I haven’t read comments on both articles, maybe this has been said already.

    • I’m like Dorothy – I’d bring ’em all home if I went to the shelter now 🙂

      I actually believe I could adopt any cat without meeting them first because I don’t have any human expectations of them. I’d be very willing to adopt a cat I hadn’t met. Infact I may have a little black cross eye’d cat coming my way from under a dumpster in the freezing cold. I’ve offered to pay for the vet checkup and neutering and for her to get her first vaccinations. If she comes I’ll be very happy to get to know her.

      Having said that Red chose me. This is wonderful when it happens. He melted my heart when he first climbed up on my knee as a better spot to grab at the wand/string toy from. I pretended to ignore him but fell in love with him as he kept doing it more and more. He liked me – so wonderful.

      • You are the classic example of the excellent cat caretaker who would make a success from any type of adoption process. Cats need more people like you. Sadly a lot of cat owners don’t have that pure sense of integrity and genuine care towards domestic cats. These are the people who, perhaps, should adopt cats in the safer way – in person, face to face.

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